Summer heat doing a number on your normally lush, green grass?

We can assure you there’s hope.

Keep reading to find out how to protect your lawn in a Carolina drought.


 

Know Your Grass, Man.Know Your Grass

Tall fescue lawns should be mowed to 2 1/2 – 3 1/2″ in height and watered at least 2″ weekly this month.

Zoysia lawns should be mowed to 1 1/2 – 2″ in height and watered at least 1 1/4″ weekly this month.

Bermuda lawns should be mowed to 1 – 2″ in height and watered at least 1″ weekly this month.

Bluegrass lawns should be mowed to 3 – 4″ in height and watered 1/2″ twice a week this month.

REMEMBER: Do not cut more than 1/3 of the blade length at a time.


 

No idea what kind you have?

Then probably going to have a hard time figuring out how to protect your lawn in a Carolina drought.

Not to worry.  

Click play now.


 

Water Truly Madly Deeply;  Just Don’t Smother.

Water Don't Smother

 

The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council strongly advises all homeowners in the following counties to reduce unnecessary water usage as much is possible.

 

 

 


 

  • Alamance
  • Alexander
  • Anson
  • Ashe
  • Avery
  • Bladen
  • Buncombe
  • Burke
  • Cabarrus
  • Caldwell
  • Catawba
  • Chatham
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Cumberland
  • Davidson
  • Davie
  • Durham
  • Edgecombe
  • Forsyth
  • Franklin
  • Gaston
  • Graham
  • Granville
  • Greene
  • Guilford
  • Halifax
  • Harnett
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Hoke
  • Iredell
  • Jackson
  • Johnston
  • Lee
  • Lincoln
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • McDowell
  • Mecklenburg
  • Mitchell
  • Montgomery
  • Moore
  • Nash
  • Orange
  • Polk
  • Randolph
  • Richmond
  • Robeson
  • Rowan
  • Rutherford
  • Sampson
  • Scotland
  • Stanly
  • Stokes
  • Surry
  • Swain
  • Transylvania
  • Union
  • Vance
  • Wake
  • Watauga
  • Wayne
  • Wilkes
  • Wilson
  • Yadkin
  • Yancey
  • York

 

…That’s fine, because you definitely don’t want to overwater your grass anyway.  

Frequent, shallow watering can actually cause fungus to develop.

Water first thing in the morning to prepare your lawn for the scorching afternoon heat, and be sure to stay informed on the latest drought conditions by visiting www.ncdrought.org.

 


 

Jen Sonshine is a communications strategist in Charlotte, NC. More.

 


 

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